ASSOCIATION UPDATE


October 20, 2014- It's that time of year again! Do you do great work in your community? Are you the face of the American Dream? Apply for the NRAEF's prestigious awards: Restaurant Neighbor Award and Faces of Diversity today! Deadline to submit your application is November 17, 2014. Click here for more information and to apply.

October 17, 2014-
Don't panic when a food safety inspector arrives. Think of the visit as a learning opportunity that will benefit your operation by making it as safe as possible. Read more.

October 15, 2014- The LRA Greater Baton Rouge's annual silent auction, "A Taste of the South," is next week, Wednesday, Oct. 22 at L'Auberge Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and is limited to 200 peoplePurchase your tickets early!

October 14, 2014- Dine around Northwest Louisiana for FREE! Purchase a LRA Northwest Chapter Shreveport/Bossier City Dine Around raffle ticket and win $3,800 worth of gift certificates to your favorite restaurants. Drawing will be December 15; click here for more info.

October 13, 2014- The Acadiana Chapter, with the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, is hosting a decadent evening, "Death by Chocolate," on Monday, Nov. 10 at The Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Tickets are $40 per person and reserved tables and sponsorships are available! Click here for more info.

October 10, 2014-
October is National Seafood Month! Eating a 4-oz serving of seafood twice a week supports your overall health and moderate evidence shows that consumption of seafood twice a week can assist with the prevention of heart disease. Read more.

October 1, 2014-
Thirty hours a week doesn't work for restaurants, their employees, or the hundreds of thousands of businesses that are being forced to make hard decisions to comply with the health care law's arbitrary redefinition of the full-time workweek. Read more.

September 23, 2014- ATTENTION MEMBERS: Click here to view the most recent addendum to the recently published 2014 LRA Membership Directory and Buyer's Guide. The members listed on the document have reported changes to their contact information. If you need to update your information, please notify the LRA Membership Department at (504) 454-2277.

September 19, 2014-
The NRA, along with organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and tens of millions of employees, are launching the More Time for Full-Time initiative. This initiative will highlight the negative impact the 30-hour work week definition in the Affordable Care Act has on employees and employers, and urges Congress to restore the traditional definition of a full-time employee to 40 per week through bipartisan reform. Read more.

September 12, 2014-
The LRA is please to name Josephine Edmond of Carmel Inn & Suites in Thibodaux a LRA Restaurant Legend. She was recognized at the LRA Bayou Chapter membership luncheon Sept. 9 at Cristiano Ristorante in Houma. Read more.

September 11, 2014-
The LRA is pleased to name 12 Restaurant Legends from Mr. B's Bistro in New Orleans. The recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony at the restaurant Monday, September 15, at 3 p.m. Read more.


IMPORTANT NEWS
The Louisiana Department of Revenue is announcing its 2014 Tax Amnesty Program, which will run October 15-November 14. The 30-day tax amnesty program offers non-compliant taxpayers the opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying 100 percent of delinquent taxes, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 15, through 11:59 p.m. November 14, eligible taxpayers can apply online here. For more information, call (866) 782-9241. Read more.

Important reminder: Any foodservice establishment having food and/or beverage sales in Orleans Parish and the New Orleans International Airport and has $200,000 or more in taxable food and/or beverage sales in the preceding year MUST COLLECT the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority tax. For sales $200,000 to $499,999, the rate of tax is 0.5 percent and for sales $500,000 or more, the rate of tax is 0.75 percent. Monthly returns must be filed on the 20th day of the month following the month being reported. Click here for more info.

The Obama Administration recently announced that employers with 50-99 employees will receive Affordable Care Act transition relief. These employers have until 2016 to comply with the employer-mandate rule.
Read more.


Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS will classify an automatic gratuity as a service charge, not a tip. The IRS regards service charges as regular wages, which must be reported for payroll tax withholding. This rule was issued in June 2012, but implementation has been delayed until now. Read this informative article about what is defined as a tip, what to tell your staff and why you may opt to eliminate automatic gratuities in the future.
                                                             

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Oct 20 2014 LRA Cenla Chapter Board & General Membership Meeting - Tunk's Cypress Inn in Boyce

Oct 20 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Kenner - Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner

Oct 22 2014 LRA Greater Baton Rouge Chapter "Taste of the South" - L'Auberge Casino & Resort in Baton Rouge

Oct 27 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Hammond - Alack Culinary Equipment & Supplies Superstore in Hammond